Creating New TIP Criteria

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The MPO’s Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) guides the TIP project selection process. To better reflect the vision and investments outlined in Destination 2040, the recently adopted LRTP, the MPO is now revising the criteria used to evaluate projects. The criteria are broken into categories that correspond to the goal areas in the LRTP: safety, system preservation and modernization, capacity management and mobility, transportation equity, clean air and sustainable communities, and economic vitality. With the technical assistance of Transportation for America (T4America), the MPO is also pursuing ways to incorporate cost-effectiveness measures into the project selection process. The new criteria will be developed throughout 2020 and used for the first time in FFY 2021 to score projects eligible for funding in the FFYs 2022–26 TIP.

Overall Criteria Revision Process

Fall 2019–Spring 2020: Conduct public outreach, finalize T4America technical assistance work, begin drafting criteria changes

Spring 2020: Share results of public outreach with stakeholders and the MPO, continue drafting criteria changes, discuss proposed changes to criteria in phases

Summer 2020: Present draft criteria, solicit public feedback on draft criteria, conduct test project scoring, and approve final new criteria

Fall 2020–Winter 2021: Use new criteria to score projects eligible for funding in the FFYs 2022-26 TIP

Current Updates

The MPO discussed proposed updates to the criteria related to transportation equity at the board meeting on December 19, 2019, and the criteria related to clean air and sustainable communities at the board meeting on February 6, 2020. These discussions will be followed by additional conversations throughout the spring on the MPO’s other goal areas. Details of upcoming milestones, meetings, and public outreach events will be added to the timeline on this page as they are finalized.